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USDA Releases Humane Handling Guidance

Posted October 31, 2013   USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently released an advance notice for a new guidance on...

Today: First Meeting for 2013 Farm Bill Conference Committee

Posted October 30, 2013   The long-awaited first meeting of the 2013 farm bill conference committee will take place today, October...

Allens Vegetable Canning Company Files for Bankruptcy

Posted October 30, 2013   Allens Inc., a company that makes canned and frozen vegetables, filed a Chapter 11 petition for...

Farm Tax Proposal Causes Concern

Posted October 30, 2013   A proposal making its rounds in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee would require all...

FDA Releases Proposed Animal Feed Safety Rule

Posted October 29, 2013   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a proposed rule under the Food Safety...

“Food Stamp Cliff” Nearing, SNAP Cuts on Nov. 1

Posted October 29, 2013   The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as “food stamps,” will be cut at the...

USDA Issues CRP, Direct Payments, and ACRE Payments

Posted October 29, 2013   Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, recently announced that USDA has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)...

Groups Urge Obama Administration to Approve FDA Rule on Antibiotics in Agriculture

Posted October 28, 2013   Twenty medical, public health, and agriculture groups recently urged the Obama Administration to ban the misuse...

Court Consolidates GMO Wheat Lawsuits

Posted October 28, 2013   The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced that lawsuits brought against Monsanto over genetically modified...

Illinois Court Rules LLC is Not a Joint Venture, Member May File Lien Against LLC

Posted October 28, 2013   In Peabody-Waterside Dev., LLC v. Island of Waterside, LLC, No. 5-12-0490, 2013 WL 4736714 (Ill. App....

ICBA Asks Farm Credit Administration to Explain $12 Billion Loan to Verizon

Posted October 25, 2013   The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) expressed concern that Farm Credit System (FCS) lender CoBank,...

Tyson No Longer Accepting Canadian Cattle, Citing COOL

Posted October 25, 2013   Tyson Foods announced it has stopped buying Canadian cattle for shipment to its U.S. beef plants,...

WV Poultry Grower Wins Clean Water Act Case Against EPA

Posted October 25, 2013   In Alt v. EPA, a federal judge ruled against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stating...

Drought-Stricken Farmers Have Additional Year to Replace Livestock

Posted October 25, 2013   The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that farmers and ranchers affected by drought have an additional...

Hearing Scheduled for Motion to Dismiss in BPI “Pink Slime” Case

Posted October 24, 2013   A December hearing has been set for a motion to dismiss in a defamation lawsuit over...

Lawsuit Argues EPA Failed to Address Ocean Acidification

Posted October 24, 2013   The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Kauai Approves Controversial GMO, Pesticide Disclosure Bill

Posted October 24, 2013   After a 19-hour long special meeting, the Kaua’i County council voted to approve a controversial GMO...

Farm Bill Conference to Begin Next Week

Posted October 23, 2013   House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders announced today that the first official meeting for the 2013...

Groups Sue EPA Over Fish Consumption Estimates

Posted October 23, 2013   Conservation and commercial fishing groups recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),...

Mexico Court Bans GMO Corn

Posted October 23,  2013   A judge in Mexico recently suspended the planting of genetically modified corn in the country, citing...